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Looking forward to following your journey @RinTinTin ! See you on this side soon! I'll leave your reading list here for you.

Hip Recovery: The Guidelines

1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary
2. Control discomfort:
rest
elevate
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​
3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​
4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of this BoneSmart philosophy for sensible post op therapy
5. Here is a week-by-week guide for Activity progression for THRs
6. Access these pages on the website

Pain management and the pain chart
Healing: how long does it take?
Chart representation of THR recovery

Dislocation risk and 90 degree rule
Energy drain for THRs
Pain and swelling control: elevation is the key

Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it

Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

BIG TIP: Hips actually don't need any exercise to get better. They do a pretty good job of it all on their own if given half a chance. Trouble is, people don't give them a chance and end up with all sorts of aches and pains and sore spots. All they need is the best therapy which is walking and even then not to excess.

We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery. While members may create as many threads as they like in a majority of BoneSmart's forums, we ask that each member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.
 

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Hopefully you're resting comfortably in recovery by now.
Such a bumpy road for you over the past few days. I'll bet you're breathing a huge sigh of relief in knowing the surgery is history right along with all the agonizing uncertainty you had to deal with right up until the eleventh hour.
Wishing you comfort and peace. :console2:
@RinTinTin
 

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@RinTinTin hoping everything is done and you're in your room resting comfortably. Check in and let us know how you are when you're feeling up to it. Rest as much as you can, know that's pretty much impossible in the hospital, but try.
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Hi everyone..
The surgery went smoothly. I spent almost 4 hours in the recovery waiting for my room to be vacant and ready. I am in it now. My OS came to see me in the recovery room after the X-ray were taken and confirmed I have a beautiful new hip and that all looks perfect. He saw me again minutes ago before leaving for home and gave me some tips. Advised not to wait till the pain gets bad but call the nurse as soon my pain is on level 4. I am still comfortable... 7 hours after the procedure and icing it. I know the pain will come a bit later.
Thanks everyone for nice wishes and support. Such a wonderful group here!
 

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Yay ! delighted everything went to plan after all the worries-hope you have a speedy recovery x
 

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:happydance::dancy::happydance:
All done!
Great to hear from you and now stay slow and steady and let things settle.
Sleep all you can, new hippy friend.
All Temporary...:tada:
 
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Thank you ladies. I will be resting today. They have no intention to make me move before tomorrow. I was told to pump my ankles and clear my lungs.
Just before the surgery in the OR the anesthesiologist told me he wants to make me comfortable during the process. He mentioned I may be going in and out of sleep and if it bothers me to tell him and he will add more meds.
So I woke up few times... heard all the sawing and hammering and didn’t bother me at all. Has anyone else experienced the same?
 

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So I woke up few times... heard all the sawing and hammering and didn’t bother me at all. Has anyone else experienced the same?
:scaredycat:
Had several members relate this experience and that it didnt seem overly stressful..
Thank God for the drugs!!!
Freaks me out to think about it.
What a story you have to tell.
Do stay ahead of the pain...they sound like they have a good pain cocktail going on...which is super helpful.
I only had one spell where things got a bit sideways..so I reminded well ahead of time.
My guess is, you will do just great.
Yay!!!!!:egypdance:
 

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I too watched YouTube video in all its gory detail which really helped me ......the more I know, the less anxious I am. I was able to respond to anaesthetist verbally when he asked me if I was ok during op, and also heard lots of hammering & sawing, and like you I wasn’t bothered as I knew what expect. I must have been out of it for quite a bit though, as one hour op felt like 15 minutes! Take care
 

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@RinTinTin yippee, you're on the healing side and doing well! Umm, no did not want to wake up during my surgery!made it real clear! :snork: Woke up part way through a colonoscopy when they were removing polyps! :yikes:

Take care and get as much rest as you can.
 

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So I woke up few times... heard all the sawing and hammering and didn’t bother me at all. Has anyone else experienced the same?
Yes, I woke up during my LTHR and unfortunately the anaesthetist wasn't as nice as your's. He said he couldn't give me any more medication! So I had to will myself to sleep again. I knew what to expect regarding the procedure but I did not expect to have to listen to it. Too much carpentry!

You are on your way @RinTinTin !
 
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You are on your way @RinTinTin !
Is fever expected? At few occasions I had 38.2.
The nurse on shift was a bit concerned and even called the surgeon on-call (which happened to be my OS).
He didn’t seem to be concerned; suggested to the nurse to have my blood culture done if the fever hits 39.
The nurse changed my dressing this morning and said I have minimal bleeding.
I feel okay... they managed to keep my pain away for the entire time.
I know it will not be like that as the PTs are coming around 10 to get me moving.
 

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A low grade fever is quite common...I'm glad they are keeping an eye on it but it's likely just body's response to surgery trauma.:yes:
So happy to hear your pain is well managed.
Hopefully they tick all the boxes so they can get you home soon.:ok:
 

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